Counselling

Counselling offers you the opportunity to talk about your problems and feelings in a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space. It can help you to understand, deal with and overcome issues that are causing pain or making you feel uncomfortable. Counselling can be very useful for many issues including:

  • Relationship difficulties (partner, family, friends, colleagues etc.)
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Stress
  • Low self-esteem or self-confidence
  • Sexual, physical and emotional abuse
  • Dilemmas and decision making
  • Feeling ‘stuck’
  • Dealing with life changes and transitions – for example becoming a new parent
  • Simply needing to feel heard

This list isn’t exhaustive so if something else is going on for you it may be that counselling could help.

Counselling sessions last for 50 minutes (a therapeutic hour) and we generally meet at the same time each week. My counselling room is in Lilliput in Poole and I can also offer phone or Skype counselling.

I offer both time limited and open-ended counselling. ‘Time limited’ means that we agree a set number of sessions at the start. This is important if, for example, your employer is funding a specific number of sessions. ‘Open-ended’ means that we agree to end sessions when it feels right for you to do so. Either way we regularly review how counselling is going.

As an ‘integrative’ counsellor I can work with a range of approaches such as:

  • Person centred counselling
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Creative therapies
  • Mindfulness
  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Transactional Analysis

I will tailor an approach to suit you and your preferences. For example, some people like the structure and focus of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Others prefer more flexible or creative approaches.

Making a decision to start counselling can feel a bit daunting and it’s important to choose a counsellor you feel comfortable with, so I offer a free 30 minute initial meeting. This gives us the opportunity to meet each other and see how we might work together. There is no obligation to commit to counselling at this meeting.